A new parent definitely knows when the little one will start ‘teething’! While for some babies this process is relatively easy, others find it to be quite painful. Quiet rarely, in some cases, babies can even develop teeth at or within few days after birth.
What Are Natal Teeth And Neonatal Teeth?
Natal teeth, as the name suggests, are teeth present at birth in newborns. Neonatal teeth, on the other hand are teeth that erupt shortly (within the first 30 days) after birth. Both natal and neonatal teeth mostly occur in the front mandibular (Lower jaw) region of the jaws. They are most commonly spotted at birth by the Neonatal team and referred to the Pediatric dentists.
What Are The Characteristics Of Natal Teeth?
Some natal teeth resemble primary teeth, although they are occasionally somewhat immature and supernumerary (extra). At most times they are mobile (wiggly)
What Are The Potential Causes Of A Baby Being Born With Natal Teeth Or Neonatal Teeth?
The exact cause of natal and neonatal teeth in babies is still unknown, but it has been linked to several factors, including genetics, fever, infection, and malnutrition. So far, no research has been able to verify the reason.
Researchers have also linked natal teeth and neonatal teeth with many other syndromes, including the following:
What Are The Possible Complications Associated With Natal And Neonatal Teeth?
Complications associated with natal and neonatal teeth can include the following:
If you are concerned about your baby’s natal or neonatal teeth, it is important to speak with your pediatrician or your pediatric dentist as soon as possible for advice on how to best care for these teeth and address any potential complications that they may cause.
How Are Natal And Neonatal Teeth Treated?
Natal teeth and neonatal teeth can be diagnosed by a physical examination of your baby’s mouth. X-rays may be required. A tooth root that is not completely developed might be visible on an X-ray.
In most cases, when the teeth are loose and cause interfering with breastfeeding, the dentist may decide to remove the tooth. This is also done to reduce the risk of a baby swallowing his or her tooth and breathing it into his or her airways. The teeth could also be removed if they are causing harm to your baby’s tongue. Another alternative is to smooth the top edges of the teeth. This protects your baby’s tongue from damage.
And finally when your baby’s milk teeth start erupting (between age groups 6-12 months), here’s our piece of advice:
Here are some tips by Dr. Pratibha Kukreja Pandit To help take Care For Your Baby’s Teeth:
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Dr. Pratibha is the Chief Dentist at Pandit Clinic. She is also a Consultant Pediatric Dentist at Kotbagi Hospital and KEM Hospital, Pune.
Dr. Pratibha has trained at the prestigious Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, in advanced areas including Pediatric dental treatment under General Anesthesia and Intravenous sedation, Dental Rehabilitation of children with special health care needs, and Nasoalveolar molding and dental rehabilitation of cleft lip and cleft palate.
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